Have you ever wondered what an ergonomic keyboard is? What is the purpose, why do they look weird, how does it apply to me, and why should I care?
Those are all fair questions, and we will answer them in this blog.
What is the purpose of an ergonomic keyboard?
An ergonomic keyboard is a keyboard that is designed with you in mind. You may ask, “well how do I know if an ergonomic keyboard is for me?” The answer is that if you use a computer, then an ergonomic keyboard is for you – it’s for everybody! An ergonomic keyboard should adjust to fit you (the user), rather than you having to adjust yourself to fit the keyboard. The ergonomic keyboard is a tool and using an improper tool only 20 minutes per day can result in injuries.
Most people have never thought about the fact they are wasting precious energy each day by turning their wrists inward to fit to a flat keyboard. When users do this, and then add the motion of typing on top of that, RSI’s like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome start to develop because they are moving and keeping their wrists in unnatural positions throughout the entire day.
Drop-in-the-box keyboards that come with laptop or desktop computer purchases aren’t developed with you in mind. They are developed with the intention to be low profile and have a cheap production cost. Goldtouch keyboards on the other hand are designed to tent and splay to 30 degrees in order that each user can find their perfect angle.
The angle should take all pressure off the wrists by keeping them straight. The wrists should NOT be bent inward (radial deviation), backwards (ulnar deviation), upwards (extension), downwards (flexion), rotated upwards (supination), or rotated downwards (pronation).
Goldtouch keyboards are a great solution for workers who want or need to be in compliance with OSHA’s recommendations for ergonomic keyboards.
Why do ergonomic keyboards look the way they do?
The fact Goldtouch keyboards are able to do all these functions that most keyboards can’t do is probably the reason they look a little unusual to people at first glance. However, they are designed to have a sleek professional look and people get used to them very quickly.
How does an ergonomic keyboard apply to me?
If you are taking the time to live a healthy lifestyle by eating right, using a sit-stand desk, exercising, but are still using a flat keyboard, you are doing yourself a disservice. Most people spend majority of their day at work on the computer or on a device in some regard. That is hours of compounded use engaging in unhealthy behavior. If your wrists don’t already hurt, they may eventually become a problem. When they become really sore, surgery is usually the next option.
Why should I care about ergonomic keyboards?
So, ultimately, the reason you should care about using an ergonomic keyboard is the fact besides being extremely comfortable, it’s easy to prevent a whole host of pain. You could spend an extravagant amount of money on a sit-stand desk, or chair, but the item you interact with the most – the keyboard – is only a fraction of the cost of these items and will keep RSI’s at bay. Would you rather pay $90 for a keyboard or $5,000 for Carpal Tunnel Release surgery? That’s an easy answer.
An ergonomic keyboard is not a fad. It is a necessity in this day and age of technology to prevent pain and RSIs from developing. So many people have experienced relief by using ergonomic keyboards, like James H. who says, “This keyboard has been a godsend for me – my hands are 5 times better than they were before I started using this keyboard. I really can’t thank the Goldtouch people enough.”
We’d love for you to try a Goldtouch ergonomic keyboard and experience the difference today.